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Egypt on High Alert, Bombings in Cairo Metro Stations

Egypt’s Interior Ministry declared a high alert early Wednesday after several explosions shut down operations in several Cairo metro stations.

At least four people were injured in three separate metro stations, the Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The explosions took place in the northern district of the capital city during the morning rush hour.

In one instance, a person was reportedly carrying a homemade bomb to a station, according to an interior ministry official who spoke with a privately owned television channel quoted by Ha’aretz.

Much of the violence in Egypt – and terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula — over the past year has been caused by radical Islamist protesters angry over the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohammed Morsi.

The former president was forced out of office a year ago by newly-elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who at that time served as the army’s field marshal and the government’s defense minister.

El-Sisi acted to depose Morsi after a year of constant street violence and a groundswell of protests that resulted in a petition bearing more than one million signatures demanding Morsi’s resignation prior to his ouster.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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